Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Great Day for the Irish in Soldotna
Nineteen years ago when Mike Sweeney decided to have a St. Patrick's Day Parade down the Sterling Highway some may have thought it was an eccentric idea coming in the middle of March which can still be the middle of winter on the Kenai Peninsula. But given the luck of the Irish in a community that loves a parade the weather has never been a deterrent and the popularity of the event has continued to grow. From its original route down the Sterling Highway the parade has moved to the Kenai Spur Highway from Bailey's Furniture Store to the "Y" in Soldotna. "It may not be the longest parade in the state, but it seems to be the only St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alaska, and is always a lot of fun for participants and spectators," says Sweeney. The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Soldotna isn't limited to the short parade, but is followed by other events around town that include a traditional corn beef and cabbage dinner served up at the Senior Citizens Center, and a variety of other activities and parties including green beer and live music at Hooligan's and St. Elias Brewing Co.

Glazed Egg- Shaped Butter Cakes
A version of this recipe appeared on the label for a Chicago Metallic egg pan. Once sold by Williams- Sonoma, the tin holds nine (-cup) wells.

Hoppy Easter: Spring revival: Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and a cake called "Mary Ann"
There's a closet in my kitchen devoted entirely to baking pans. It wasn't designed for that purpose but sort of happened when my collection of cake pans, muffin tins and Kuglehopfs outgrew the space that now holds the Tupperware collection inherited from my mother. Every once in while, and especially in spring, I venture to the back of that closet and discover a pan long retired, or one that's not been used at all. And, so began the revival of a still-wrapped egg-shaped cake pan purchased from Williams-Sonoma, in 1999, and the Chicago Metallic 10-cup Mary Ann cake pan picked up in a thrift shop a few years back. The recipe printed on the egg pan label produced fun egg-shaped cakes, ideal for filling with confections like whipped cream or lemon curd, and the Mary Ann pan turned out a large chocolate cake equally attractive as delicious. Already an edible artform, these cakes won't require much more to make them appear special for the Easter holiday, except perhaps for the company of some daffodils and a bunny. A chocolate bunny. One with ears, a tail, and a good nose for homemeade cake.

Good luck is here for Alaska
Great news for Alaskans who value the governorship of Egan, Hammond, or Hickel. Great opportunity is here for high school graduates, home builders, teachers, small business owners, Alaska's major industries, and support business. Year-round Alaska families clearly see we need better, more confident leadership for our state. Bill Walker, candidate for governor is the best choice for us. Here's why:

Time for animal control in the borough
I am truly in a conundrum. I have exhausted my efforts, and am coming up with nothing. My problem? Stray dogs running in small packs in our subdivision! Yesterday, I was almost attacked by a pit bull that popped out of the trees on a walk with my own dog. He charged at me, barking, and we went the other direction to avoid it. Then, out of the other yard (didn't recognize whose dog) was a big mean rottie heading for us. We ended up on a 10 minute walk, and back inside with me yelling at the dogs to go home. I called animal control in Kenai, and because we are in the borough, we're outta luck.

Tsunami warning system to be tested
A statewide test of the tsunami warning communications system is planned for 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

2 plead guilty in 'flamethrower' incident
The two men accused of setting a 5-year-old boy's head on fire with a "redneck flamethrower" in Anchor Point last year pleaded guilty in superior court last week.

Mary E. Carmichael
Mary E. Carmichael, 90, of Victoria, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at St. John's nursing home in Victoria.

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